Chairman/Managing General Partner
Ken comes from the Hankey Group of Companies based in Los Angeles, the owners of CULA. At the Hankey Group, Ken was instrumental in building and developing Midway Fleet Leasing. Previously, Ken owned a Ford dealership and over his life worked in all areas of dealership operations, focusing on fleet leasing and financing. He holds a BA in Economics with a concentration in Business from Northwestern University and is a board member at the National Vehicle Leasing Association.
John R. Thomas
Chief Executive Officer
John has served as the CEO of CULA since April, 2015. He is a serial CEO having previously led mid-market, San Diego companies in power conversion electronics, computer accessories, building products, and professional services. John has served on a dozen Boards, where he is called on for expertise in market strategy and business development. He has an MBA in Corporate Finance from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Brown University.
Chief Financial Officer
Jonny Borok has over 25 years of experience as a CFO for primarily San Diego-based, privately held mid-market companies. He has had responsibility for the full range of accounting and finance functions including insurance and tax matters. Jonny is a Big 4 CPA with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting.
Vice President, Operations and Information Technology
Sandy has served as the VP of Operations and Information Technology for CULA since April, 2003. While project manager for WinResources she led the development of CULA’s ‘Seamless’ lease management system. Sandy manages all aspects of credit union and lessee servicing from origination to lease termination. She also oversees all technology, compliance and information security.
Vice President, Residual Risk Management
As VP of Residual Risk Management, Mason oversees residual value setting, risk management and market analytics. Prior to joining CULA, Mason spent three years at Toyota Financial Services in a leadership role within the company’s risk group, managing a $40 billion lease portfolio. He later took an advisory role to marketing, product planning, pricing and incentive groups, promoting residual value best practices. Prior to that, Mason spent nine years at ALG. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara.
Vice President, Business Development
Mark is the VP of Business Development. Since 2010, until joining the CULA Team, he was an executive coach and consultant in finance technology. Prior to that, he spent nearly 20 years at Autoland, at the time the nation’s largest credit union car buying service, with his final post being President. Since 1986, Mark has been serving credit unions and their members by assisting them with their car buying needs.
Amy joins the CULA team after working nine years as a Divisional Controller for Quicken Loans. She has been a Controller in many different industries including financial services, construction, manufacturing, and technology services. Amy is responsible for the accounting, finance and Human Resources functions of the company. She is a Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) and has an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology.
Vice President, Marketing
Liz Eller joined CULA with over 25 years of marketing leadership in marketing strategy, branding and integrated product launches. Previously she held marketing leadership roles at both Fortune 100 companies and small to mid-size companies who are at the leading edge of their industry. She is an expert at simplifying complexity, understanding client needs, and has overseen strategic marketing programs at Sony, Qualcomm, Telxon, and Lytx, and works with the non-profit Voice of San Diego. She holds B.S. of Marketing from Virginia Tech.